Moving to the Urban Homestead


I moved in with my 83-year-old dad at the beginning of this year to help him stay independent in his home for as long as possible. Hopefully to live out his life here. Although we are in the middle of the big city in Southern California, I am trying to homestead it as much as possible. In a multigenerational household,…

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Summer School


We do summer school. Some homeschoolers take the summer off. We go year round. Some homeschools are structured. Some are completely unstructured. We are semi-structured. What I mean by that is that Yak has a daily list of assignments that he can pursue on his own time, within reason. I want his assignments done by 2 pm because often I…

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How to use Bar Soap


The humble bar of soap. Sometimes it seems like everyone has forgotten how to use bar soap. Since most people I know use liquid soap in tidy pump dispensers now. Yet bar soap is gentler, more economical, and does a better job of cleaning. Bar soap is truly a multi-purpose cleaner. In order to make myself clear, when I speak…

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